How to Create a Perfect Furniture Plan for Your Space

How to Create a Perfect Furniture Plan for Your Space

If you’ve just moved into a new place or feel like your current set-up just isn’t working for you, it’s time to reexamine your furniture arrangement. Shifting a sofa a few feet to the left or moving a table from one side of the room to another can make all the difference when looking to create a balanced, functional, and harmonized home. Read on for tips and ideas to keep in mind when placing or moving furniture. 

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    Determine a Focal Point

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    If your space has an obvious, inherent focal point like a fireplace or large window, use this as the centerpiece of your furniture arrangement by opting for a symmetrical, balanced design. If your room is a totally blank slate, create a focal point by anchoring a large mirror or case piece on the center of a wall and design your room around it.

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    Consider the Traffic Flow

    If you are constantly taking the same path to move between rooms or already know you will want a clear walkway between certain areas, place your furniture in a way that keeps these areas clear and unobstructed. Having to walk around an armchair placed directly in the way will get old fast. 

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    Rethink Common Practices

    If you think you can’t place a sofa in front of bookshelves or a bed in front of a window, think again! You want your space to function for your needs in addition to looking good, so feel free to ignore passé design rules in favor of an arrangement that will work best for you. 

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    Don’t Forget Small Details

    Yes, you may be able to squeeze a table and chairs in the corner of your kitchen, but can you actually pull the chairs out far enough to sit without them hitting the wall? Pay attention to small details like the space between a table and chairs, door swings (making sure nothing is in the path of opening a closet or bathroom door), and the pathway between a sofa and coffee table to ensure your chosen set-up is as functional as it is beautiful.

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    Pay Attention to Scale

    A singular small table placed against a large wall will look off, just as a massive lounge chair could look funny when paired with a petite loveseat. Keep the scale of individual pieces in mind when setting up your furniture arrangement as well as how the size and shape of the pieces will relate to each other. Make the single table seem larger by placing a pair of side chairs on either side to visually expand the composition, and place a set of side tables on either side of the loveseat to make the piece seem bigger and a better match for your overstuffed lounge chair.

    Do you have any tips for creating a functional furniture arrangement? Share with us in the comments!

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